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Filming dates: January 3 – March 1957
Sophia Loren (Nita)Rossano Brazzi (Paul Bonnard)
One night Sophia has a near-death experience resulting from a faulty heater in the flimsy motel where she and the whole crew are staying. She is intoxicated by the carbon monoxide fumes but manages to crawl to the door, unlock it, and get into the hallway before she loses consciousness and is discovered by co-star Rossano Brazzi.
Sophia's cachet for the movie is $ 200,000 for the movie whose working title is Legend of Tombouctou and Man of Timbuktu.
Carlo does not go to
Sophia, as Dita, is described as a "slave girl" to accommodate the
Marcello Mastroianni visits Sophia while she is at Cinecittà. They had not seen each other since the making of La fortuna di essere donna.
The crew works out of an oasis town 400 miles south of Tripoli. Water is a great problem as thousands of gallons have to flown in. "It didn't bother me", says Sophia, "I like wine with my meals.
"I was greatly impressed with Sophia's diligence and the fact that she was never late during our rugged three months of production in Libya. She was a godd actress - and she has the most expressive eyes I've ever seen."
"Although Signorina Loren's charms are partly covered by a tattered, burnoose-like dress, she manages enough moodiness, anger and passion to justify some of the attention she gets from her companions."
A.H. Weiler, New York Times, 23 dec 1957
"Sophia achieves an image which suits the character she plays, and at certain moments reminds us of the fiery Jennifer Jones in Duel in the Sun: Legend of the Lost is her best test since she began working with the big American film industry."
Stefano Masi, Sophia.
"The film is a full-blown tribune to the full-blown charms of Loren."
joy to the eye and ear... Sophia Loren is a little bundle of frenzied